Bridging the gap between rhetoric and practice: data from 4 studies into the arts and creative writing for personal and professional learning. Dr. Janice K. Jones. 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
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Bridging the gap between rhetoric and practice: data from 4 studies into the arts and creative writing for personal and professional learning
Dr. Janice K. Jones
2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for
Research in Education (AARE)
Adelaide, Australia 1 – 5 December
Dinawan Dreaming by Donna Moodie
I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands where USQ teaching and research is conducted: the Gaibal, Jarowair, Ugarapul and Butchulla peoples of Queensland. I honour the wisdom of Elders past, present and future, seeking to walk together in the spirit of reconciliation.
VISION for education ACARA (2010); MCEETYA (2008)
Drivers for PRACTICE
Driving Focus on science, maths, literacies, testing, reporting, benchmarking
2010 Respondents: 115/537 yr 1 students aged 17 – 30
93.8% believe creativity and sustainability very or extremely important for teaching
82.1% believe understanding nature is important for a sustainable 21st century
But – Minimal experience in the arts or natural environments since primary school?
“I feel locked in my head” (respondent)
[Learning through being in the land, understanding in keeping with Indigenous Australian peoples’ ‘ways of knowing/making meaning’]
‘Someone playing music…that’s a wind chime…and that’s a tree with apples on it…that one too…and…that’s the beautiful sandpit and a picnic table
and the beautiful grass all around it.’ Chantelle, 6 yrs
Chelsea aged 5 drew lettuce, sunflowers, beans, carrots, flowers, a sandpit, apple trees, and a pond.
Trust the Child
I’ll always love you, Mum by Erin-Pearl Buchner
I remember our day in that busy, bright place,
I remember the warmth from your hand,
I remember how cold the autumn breeze felt,
And how alive my face became from being near you,
I remember the bustle and hurry of that city,
I remember how we ate that huge ice-cream,
I remember walking close to you to keep warm,
With your arm around me,
Even though now that the autumn breeze is blowing again,
I remember savouring that day with you,
But now memories are all that I hold,
As I parent you.
Weaving Words: Personal and professional transformation through writing as research (Jones, J.K. Ed. 2014) Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Pre-service teachers were challenged to write a poem, a playlet or a short story during their final year of study.
Many considered giving up the course – or asked to write ‘something for kids’
However, when they began writing, most found the experience transformative.
…inductive, intuitive, spiralling in approach, poetic methods - if we may speak of assembling words and the wide white spaces around them and using them in such a way as to create a ‘how’ - may provide a choreography, something of the spin and grace of dance (Saunders, 2010, p.362)
Importance of being honoured as learners and teachers:
I remember going to class and thinking “Are you nuts? I can’t possibly do that!” …then walking out with a feeling of achievement. I remember going to your office for the first time and seeing my picture on your wall. It was a good feeling.
Jones, J.K. (2006). Work in progress: The Magic Gardens Project: A child-centred curriculum in a non-traditional school meeting state targets for the arts The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1(1), 1-16.
Jones, J.K. (2008). In the Third Space: The Storied Self, Uncertainty and Transition. In R. Henderson & P. A. Danaher (Eds.), Troubling Terrains: Tactics for Traversing and Transforming Contemporary Educational Research (pp. 193-210). Teneriffe, Queensland: Post Pressed.
Kalantzis, M., & Cope, B. (2008). New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. MCEETYA. (2008). Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. Melbourne: Curriculum Co
Phipps, A., & Saunders, L. (2010). The sound of violets: The ethnographic potency of poetry? Ethnography and Education 4(3), 357–387.
Zajda, Joseph (Ed.). (2010). Globalisation, Ideology and Education Policy Reforms New York: Springer Netherlands.